A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Aborlan Tagbanwa, Apurawnon, Tagbanua

10,000 (2002 SIL). 500 monolinguals.


Palawan, scattered communities from about 120 km south to 60 km north on both sides of Puerto Princesa island.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Intelligibility of Central Palawano [plc] 66%, of Cuyonon [cyo] 77%. Lexical similarity: 65% with Central Palawano [plc], 71% with Batak [bya], 54% with Cuyonon [cyo].

Language Use

Used exclusively with other Tagbanwa in all situations. All ages. Negative attitudes. With non-Tagbanwa Filipinos, Tagbanwas are somewhat ashamed of being Tagbanwa, and speak Filipino [fil] as they can. Proficiency in Filipino [fil] varies; more proficiency on the East coast than the West.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 36%. Literacy rate in L2: 36%. NT: 1992.

Latin script [Latn], primary usage. Tagbanwa script [Tagb].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.